The 1 minute 40 second opening sequence of Game of Thrones has got to be the most popular TV theme in the world. The grandeur of the series translates in its opening music and it transports the audience to the world of Westeros.
And all the credit for this iconic music goes to the music composer of the show, Ramin Djawadi.
With different themes for all the major houses, characters and major plot points, Ramin has managed to tell us a story through his music. He has moved us to tears and has also added to the shock value of the plot twists.
In fact, Ramin had initially declined the offer to make music for GoT because of the scheduling conflicts with his other projects but creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss were adamant and persuaded Ramin to take up the project.
Last season's finale, Light of the Seven, when Cersei Lannister blows up The Great Sept of Baelor, was completely supported by music with no dialogues. This was certainly one of the best music pieces that was created for the show.
Even back in Season 1, when Daenerys steps out of the fire with her dragon babies, it was the background music that makes the audience realise the magnanimity of the situation.
In episodes like The Rains of Castamere where the infamous Red Wedding took place, music was used as a storytelling tool. The music was a symbol for the Freys and Boltons supporting the Lannisters.
In an interview on the YouTube channel of Game of Thrones, Ramin shared that they were extremely careful in the beginning of the series so as to not overwhelm the audience with a lot of themes. But as the series progressed, they introduced more themes that were aligned with specific characters.
Ramin also mentioned that they make it a point to record the music of the show with live musicians. And might we add, it adds a lot to the grandeur of the show.
Ramin had previously assisted composers like Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt. He started getting recognition in films with 2004's Blade: Trinity.
Ramin Djawadi has also given music for blockbuster films like Iron Man (2008), Clash of the Titans (2010), Pacific Rim (2013) and many others.
Apart from movies and television, Ramin has done music for video games like Medal of Honor, Shift 2: Unleashed and Gears of War 4.
Ramin went on his debut concert tour in early 2017 where he gave the audience a live experience into the world of Game of Thrones. Themes from the first six seasons were played live along with visuals from the show.
Ramin's work in Game of Thrones has given him recognition throughout the world and it would be safe to say that GoT's theme will go down in history as one of the memorable themes ever!